Thursday, March 28, 2013

Update on Quilty Stuff

I did some FQ folding while watching March Madness last weekend and viola!
I had a few collections of fabric that I started with and then I added my "rainbow" FQ stash folding them using the "Basic Tuck" method I found at Badskirt. I'm loving that I can fit 4 rows of FQs across the drawer! I have one more drawer to fill and I'm thinking I'll start with batiks since I don't buy a lot of batik yardage but sometimes often can't resist pretty batik FQs.

I've been doing a FMQ practice square daily this week. I was having some tension problems with lots of eyelashes on the back as you can see on the left so I finally got brave and adjusted my top tension which helped a lot. I know the dial is there for a reason but I resist touching it! On my Pfaff it was easy to remember "normal" but on Mr. Juki it's going to be a little harder. Guess I'll keep my practice squares and leader/enders handy to test my tension between projects.
My Christmas stockings are heading towards a March finish! I'm using the fabric in the middle to back all 4 stockings (it's also the front for the one I finished in December). I need to get the last backing quilted with the flannel I picked up in town this morning and then I'll be able to assemble them, get the bias binding attached and ready to be sewn down while I watch March Madness tonight. Tomorrow I'll add the cuffs & ties.
A few weeks ago my Mom & I went on a road trip in my new Kia Soul to pick up some quilts she had done. The shop was having a 25% off everything sale and here are a few of my finds.
I was thrilled to find bits & pieces from 3 older lines that I LOVE and missed out on during my 3 year quilting hiatus. Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda came in a kit to make the table runner on the left called "Square Dance". They had a sample in the store that was just gorgeous. I love Anka's Treasures patterns and since I've finished all 3 of my "Little Charmers II" UFOs now I guess I'm ready to start the next series.

I came close to buying a kit just to get the Kate Spain Terrain fabrics but then on my second pass through the store I found the charm pack & one FQ that another shopper must have uncovered so I snatched them up in a hurry! The 3 fabrics in the front are from Sweetwater's Sunkissed line and will be paired up with the text print I bought but didn't use in my Four Patch and Friends quilt for a future project.

Last but not least is the Atkinson Designs pattern "Pockets to Go". The shop had these made up in both sizes at their cutting tables and they were so cute and handy looking!  I bought the Peltex interfacing too and I think this will be my April NewFO project for Barbara's challenge over at Cat Patches.

I removed my March Goal gadget the other night because Blogger wasn't allowing me to edit it anymore and I'm missing it! I'll try it again in April.


  1. Great looking drawers and I love your purchases . Nothing like a good road trip.

  2. I love everything you bought! And I have a funny feeling that I already have that pattern...maybe I better find it now that you have inspired me!

  3. I'm so jealous of your nicely organized drawers! My current fabric collection is bursting out of its plastic containers and I've been trying to find just the right way to organize it all. Nice job!

  4. That sounds like a great trip to the quilting shop - you've found some great fabrics! And your fq organising looks wonderful. I'm also very inspired by your fmq square a day. I've always thought that's a great way to get really good at it but somehow the days pass by and I don't get going with it :)

  5. visiting from really random Thursday. Love the organisation. I just can't seem to do it.

  6. Your drawer looks fabulous. Nice purchases too!

  7. Sweet looking rainbow-in-a-drawer! When it is too cloudy and you feel down, just open that drawer! The etchings is a pretty charm pack and I like what you picked out to accompany it, yummy!

  8. The drawer looks fabulous and the "haul" from the fabric store sale is lovely -- I love Terrain but never bought any.

  9. Love 'Sunkist'!! You really "scored"! Hate it when that (eyelashes) happens!! Been a while, here! Blessings, Doreen


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